02/09/2017 12:42 PM IST | Updated 02/09/2017 12:43 PM IST

Congress, Lalu And Rats: Bihar Deputy CM Identifies The Causes Behind Floods

Rats were earlier blamed for finishing off hundreds of litres of alcohol seized after the liquor ban.

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A woman wades through a flooded village in the eastern state of Bihar, India August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Patna, September 2: Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi on Saturday not only blamed rats for causing the devastating floods in the state, but also held the Congress Party and Lalu Prasad Yadav's government responsible for the same.

"This is not a matter of today, this is happening from last 50 years. Rats damaged the river embankments, which caused the flood. Rats are not the only factor behind this. This issue has been taking place since the time the Congress and Lalu Yadav's government were in power. They all are responsible for this," the Deputy Chief Minister told ANI.

Earlier on Friday, Bihar Water Resource Minister Lalan Singh, after reviewing the flood situation, claimed that rats had damaged the river embankments that in turn caused the floods.

The Opposition parties did not approve with the statement and claimed that the Bihar government is only trying to hide its failure with such illogical statements.

As per reports, several big rivers such as Kamla Balan, Kosi, Gandak and Bagmati broke their mud embankments, displacing over 1.70 crore people and causing floods in half the state.

Earlier, the Bihar Police had come under fire for arguing that rodents had finished off hundreds of litres of alcohol that were seized from Bihar residents after a liquor ban was imposed across the state.

It had only come to the fore when the media caught up with the police and discovered that the bottles were missing from police stores.

The floods have damaged 2,500 homes and claimed 514 lives.

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